The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering has provided both science and engineering foundation at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology through its physics and optics engineering programs. Physics is the foundation subject to all engineering and through the study in engineering physics we aim at blending a strong physics component with relevant engineering backgrounds that are usually necessary to work in areas such as semiconductor, optical technologies, biomedical applications, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, and polymer and biochemistry. The students will get their traditional undergraduate engineering education that has a broad foundation in mathematics, engineering sciences and technology. This program emphasizes problem solving skills and an understanding of engineering design to address the needs and challenges of the technology age and allow students to take a broad range of engineering careers.

Engineering Physics at Rose-Hulman will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn the foundation concepts of physics and make a concentrated study in micro and nano technology. Engineering physicist will be able to apply both scientific and engineering approaches to a wide variety of problems which otherwise is not possible with any traditional engineering or science degree. Rose-Hulman's engineering physics graduates will be trained to take up challenging jobs in engineering and development of new technologies or to pursue further studies in engineering or physics.

Mission: To provide a coherent foundation of physics for all majors and a strong foundation of physics, engineering physics and optical engineering for our majors so that all students can acquire education appropriate to their majors. The engineering disciplines of optical engineering and engineering physics enable students to practice in their dynamic and progressive engineering professional careers with responsibility to society.

Vision: To cultivate in the students responsibility, independence, and knowledge that allows them to be fully engaged in all disciplines, to continuously improve the curriculum, and  to be engaged in professional development.

Engineering Physics Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes:

In concurrence with the mission statement of the department the objective of the engineering physics program will produce graduate who will, 5 years after graduation, exhibit the following characteristic traits as a practicing engineer.

All engineering physics students will be prepared for initial employment, graduate school, or volunteer service and will meet the following objectives.

They will:

  1. Exhibit strong skills in problem solving, leadership, teamwork, and communication.
  2. Use these skills to contribute to their community and globally.
  3. Make thoughtful, well-informed choice in their projects and career.
  4. Demonstrate commitment to continuous education of themselves and of others.
  5. Be effective multi-disciplinary engineers/researchers (in their area of concentration) and problem solvers and be life long learner.
  6. Be educated in the principles of sciences and engineering necessary to understand systems in their concentration.
  7. Be able to use engineering tools that will allow them to design, analyze, and test systems.
  8. Be able to communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphical communications as needed in a multidisciplinary team..
  9. Be aware of the impact of their work in local and global environment.

By the time students graduate with an engineering physics degree from Rose-Hulman, we expect them to possess the following:

  • Knowledge of the Fundamentals: An understanding of the fundamentals of science and engineering
  • Interpreting Data: Ability to interpret graphical, numerical, and textual data.
  • System Level Modeling: Ability to model components and optical system engineering problems.
  • Experimentation: Ability to design and conduct experiments to understand the relationships between variables in a problem which may or may not have been mathematically modeled before.
  • Design: Ability to design a product or process to satisfy client's needs subject to constraints
  • Team work and Deliverables: Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and understand the effective team dynamics and be able to deliver a product.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to apply relevant scientific and engineering principles to solve real world optical engineering problems.
  • Professional Practice and Ethics: A sound understanding what an optics professional is and have an awareness and understanding of professional ethics.
  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms.
  • Contemporary issues, non-technical issues, global awareness: An awareness of contemporary and non-technical issues in engineering profession and the role of professionals in an interdependent global society.
  • Life Long Learning: A facility for independent learning and continued professional development.

Engineering Physics (Micro - Nano)

Freshman Year
Fall Term

Credit

MA 
PH
CLSK 
RH 
EM
111
111
100
131
104

Calculus I
Physics I
College and Life Skills  
Rhetoric and Composition
Graphical Communications

 5
4
1
4
2

     

16

       
Winter Term

Credit

PH
MA
CHEM
CSSE


ME
112
112
105
120


123
Physics II 
Calculus II 
Engineering  Chemistry I 
Introduction to
Software Development
OR
Computer Applications I..
  4
5
4



4
     

17

       
Spring Term

Credit

PH
MA
CHEM
OE 
EM
113 
113 
107
172
103
Physics III  
Calculus III 
Engineering  Chemistry II
Optics in Technology* 
Introduction to Design**

 4
5
4
2
2


17*

Sophomore Year
Fall Term

Credit

ES

PH 
MA 
PH
201

235 
221
292
Conservation and 
Accounting Principles
Many Particle Physics   
Differential Equations I 
Physical Optics
  
4
4
4
4
16
       
Winter Term

Credit

EP
PH 

MA
ES
280
255 

222
202
Intro to Nano Engineering
Foundations of Modern 
Physics 
Differential Equations II 
Fluid & Thermal Systems
  4

4
4
3
     

15

       
Spring Term

Credit

HSS 
OE 
SL
ES

295
151
203
Elective 
Optical Systems 
Principles of Economics 
Electrical Systems

4
4
4
4

     

16

       
Junior Year
Fall Term

Credit

PH 

HSS
PH

MA
316 


405

223
Electric and Magnetic Fields 
Elective 
Semiconductor Materials
and Applications 
Engineering Statistics I

4
4

4
4
     

16

       
Winter Term

Credit

HSS
PH
RH

EP

317
330

406
Elective 
Electromagnetism  
Technical and Professional Communication.. 
Semiconductor Devices and
Fabrication
  4
4

4

4
     

16

       
Spring Term

Credit

EP

EP
EP



EP
380

410
415



408
Nanotechnology,
Entrepreneurship and Ethics
Intro to MEMS
Engineering Physics 
Project I 
Engineering Elective
or
Microsensors

4
4

4


4
     

16

       
Senior Year
Fall Term

Credit

EP

EP
OE
416

411
495
Engineering Physics 
Project II 
Advanced topics in MEMS
Optical Metrology
Engineering Elective
 
4
4
4
4
     

16

       
Winter Term

Credit

EP 

HSS

PH
417



401
Engineering Physics 
Project III 
Elective 
Elective
Intro Quantum Mechanics

4
4
4
4
     

16

       
Spring Term

Credit

HSS
HSS



EP





408
Elective 
Elective
Science Elective 
Engineering Elective
or
Microsensors
 4
4
4


4
     

16

       
   

Total credits required:  193

     

*If students miss OE 172 in the freshmen or sophomore year, this requirement must be replaced with a 300 or 400-level OE course of at least 2 credits.

**Students need to take either EM 103 Introduction to Design or ECE 361 Engineering Practice.

EP 415, EP 416, and EP 417 are courses the student can take from any engineering department where the student has an area of concentration. The projects will have industrial clients that emphasize both physics and engineering and it may be jointly administered with the respective departments.

EP course descriptions are listed under the Physics and Optical Engineering Department.

Courses taken in the respective departments:
  Subjects

#Classes

Hours

  Physics (PH)
Math (MA)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computer Science (CSSE)/ME
EM  
CLSK
Engineering Science
Optical Engineering (OE)
HSS
Engineering Physics (EP)
Engineering Physics Projects (EP)  
Elective (Science, Eng. and Free)
Total
10
6
2
1/0 or 0/1
2
1
3
3
9
6
3
4
50
40
27
8
4
4
1
11
10
36
24
12
16
193

 

Summary of Graduation Requirements for Engineering Physics
1. All the courses listed above by the number.
2. The program must be approved by the EP advisor.
3. A list of the engineering electives is provided.
4. An engineering elective is any RHIT course in an engineering discipline.
5. Science electives are courses that should be taken in the physics, chemistry, math, or biology programs.
6. A free electives is any course in engineering, science, humanities, military science, or air science.
    
  Classes by Subjects

Hours

 
  Physics Coursework* 
Chemistry and Mathematics Coursework** 
Humanities and Social Science (Standard requirement) 
Computer Science, EM, CLSK Courses
Engineering Science Classes
Other Engineering Classes (Optical)
EP Courses
EP Projects
Engineering Electives
Science and Free Electives
Total

40
35
36
9
11
10
24
12
8
8
193

 
  
  Foundation Physics Classes
Course Description

Hours

 
PH 235
PH 255
PH 316
PH 317
PH 401
Total
Many Particle Physics
Foundations of Modern Physics
Electric & Magnetic Fields
Electromagnetism
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

4
4
4
4
4
20

 
 
General Foundation Classes    
Course Description

Hours

 
PH 111 
PH 112 
PH 113 
MA 111 
MA 112 
MA 113 
MA 221 
MA 222 
MA 223 
CHEM 105 CHEM 107 
Total
Physics I 
Physics II 
Physics III 
Calculus I 
Calculus II 
Calculus III 
Differential Equations & Matrix Algebra I 
Differential Equations & Matrix Algebra II 
Engineering Statistics 
Engineering Chemistry I 
Engineering Chemistry II

4
4
4
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
47

 
       
  Engineering Sciences Foundation  
  Course Description

Hours

 
  EM 104
OE 172
ES 201 
ES 202 
ES 203
EP 280
PH 292
OE 295 
EP 380
PH 405 
EP 406
EP 408
EP 410

EP 411
OE 495

CSSE 120/
ME 123
Total
Graphical Communications
Optics in Technology
Conservation and Accounting Principles
Fluids and Thermal Systems
Electrical Systems
Introduction to Nano-engineering
Physical Optics
Optical Systems
Nanotechnology, Entrepreneurship and Ethics
Semiconductor Materials and Applications
Semiconductor Devices and Fabrication
Microsensors
Introduction to MEMS; Fabrication and Applications
Advance Topics in MEMS
Optical Metrology
Engineering Elective

Computer Programming

2
2
4
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4

4
4
4
8

4
67

 
     
  Design Sequence    
  Course Description

Hours

 
  EM 103 Introduction to Design 2  
  EP 415
EP 416
EP 417 
Total
Engineering Physics Projects I
Engineering Physics Projects II
Engineering Physics Projects III

4
4
4
14

 

Recommended Engineering Electives: Requires the approval of the advisor. 

The EP advisory committee can modify this list and add more courses over time.

  • ECE 204 AC Circuits
  • ECE 205 Dynamic Systems
  • ECE 351 Analog Electronics
  • ME 424 Composite Materials & Mechanics
  • OE 485 Electro-Optics & Applications
  • OE 450 Laser Systems
  • ME 328 Engineering of Materials
  • CHE 315 Materials Science & Engineering
  • EP 440/407* Advanced Materials

* indicates a course that is under development.